The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced the five final nominees in the eight industry-voted categories for the 21st Annual Dove Awards. The Nashville Network (TNN) will telecast the 21st Annual Dove Awards live April 5 at 9 p.m. (Eastern time) from the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, Tenn. Clifton Davis, star of NBC's television series Amen, and Sandi Patti, award-winning gospel music star, will be hosts for the 90-minute awards program.
The nominations are as follows: Song of the Year: Above and Beyond, Bruce Carroll/Paul Smith, Word Music Awesome God, Rich Mullins, Ed Grant Inc. Every Heart That is Breaking, Twila Paris, Ariose Music Forever Friends, Claire Cloninger/Kathy Frizzell, Word Music His Strength is Perfect, Steven Curtis Chapman/Jerry Salley, Sparrow Song/New Wings Music/Greg Nelson Music, Cholampy Music I Can Begin Again, Larnelle Harris/Dave Clark, First Row Music/Lifesong Music press/John T. Benson Publishing Inc. In Heaven's Eyes, Phil McHugh, River Oaks Music More to This Life, Steven Curtis Chapman/Phil Naish, Sparrowsong/New Wings/Greg Nelson Music/Pamela Kay/LCS/Beckengus Thank You, Ray Boltz, Gaither Music/Shepherd Boy Music Watercolour Ponies, Wayne Watson, Word Music Songwriter of the Year: Ray Boltz Steven Curtis Chapman Claire Cloninger Gloria Gaither Phil McHugh Male Vocalist of the Year: Steven Curtis Chapman Steve Green Michael W. Smith Russ Taff BeBe Winans Female Vocalist: Margaret Becker Kim Hill Twila Paris Sandi Patti CeCe Winans Group of the Year: BeBe and CeCe Winans Degarmo and Key First Call Petra Take 6 Artist of the Year: Carman Steven Curtis Chapman Sandi Patti Michael W. Smith Take 6 New Artist of the Year: To be announced Album of the Year: To be presented in categories of Metal Album, Rock Album, Contemporary Album, Inspirational Album, Southern Gospel Album, Country Album, Contemporary Black Gospel Album, and Traditional Black Gospel Album.
The Dove Awards are voted on by the 3,000 members of the Gospel Music Association. The GMA's membership represents many facets of the industry including radio, record labels, television, promoters, talent agents and publishers.